Gargrave AFC

Gargrave Reserves 3 – 3 Rolls Royce Reserves

April 3, 2011

Gargrave began the game in confident mode after an excellent performance against Crosshills mid week. Jonathan Chapman came close in the first minutes of the game with a long low shot.Rolls rattled the bar and a corner from Gargrave carried by the wind also hit the bar. Neat passing through to Chapman saw his shot hit the back of the net for Gargrave to take a 1-0 lead on the half hour mark. Harry Thompson weaved his way into the box and placed his shot into the corner of the net for the hosts to enjoy a 2-0 lead at the break. Rolls just minutes into the second half pulled the score back to 2-1. A lob from Gargrave was just short but Rolls made no mistake when they levelled. A defensive error gifted Rolls their third and took them into the lead. Gargrave continued to push for goal spurred on by the hard working Jonathan Chapman who was rewarded for his endeavours when he brought the score back to 3 all. Gargrave almost claimed the winner with a lobbed shot which went just inches wide but a share of the points was welcome.

Gargrave Reserves 0 – 1 Crosshills FC

April 3, 2011

With an 8-0 deficit against league leaders Earby Town the previous Saturday and the same scoreline against second placed Crosshills at the start of the season it should on paper have been a walk over for Crosshills on Wednesday night when they faced bottom of the table Gargrave Reserves. However the West Yorkshire squad were more than surprised by the performance of their hosts who battled for every ball with every player giving one hundred per cent. The defence were excellent as the final scoreline reflects and it was only a cruel own goal that gave Crosshills the points.

Grassington 0 – 2 Gargrave

April 2, 2011

Gargrave arrived at Grassington’s ground in a state of confusion, it look different than last time. After five minutes of looking around, it was accepted as fact that Gargrave weren’t playing in Grassington, but Skipton instead.

This revelation caused problems for regular captain Matthew Brennand who couldn’t seem to accept the change of venue – “If they are called Grassington then why don’t they play in Grassington? I don’t want any part of this”; he said angrily.

With the regular captain unable to play, this meant Gargrave were forced into a defensive reshuffle, and a captaincy change.

Despite many valid reservations, Manager Brown decided to give the armband to the weathered veteran Simon Boatwright, who wasted no time in expressing his desires to the squad.

“I want us to go out there and rough them up, if we don’t rough them up then they are going to rough us up, whichever team roughs up the other the best is going to win the game, whats-more if anyone of you doesn’t rough someone up, I’m going to make sure I come over and personally rough you up myself after the game, rough up.”

“That was a Martin Luther King moment”, said a pumped up Andy Seddon.

With the entire squad filled with the fear of being roughed up by captain Simon Boatwright, the game commenced.

Both sides battled hard, and despite Grassington having the better of the possession, they were unable to penetrate the Gargrave back line, possibly through fear of being roughed up.

Ten minutes in and the game was to change, one of Gargrave’s fun sized full backs Al Tudhope suffered an ankle injury, and despite trying to carry on he motioned to captain Boatwright that he would have to go off.

Captain Boatwright was angry.

“Just because you are fun sized doesn’t mean you are above being roughed up, if we lose this game I’m holding you personally responsible and you’ll be on the receiving end of the biggest roughing up of your life.”

But he needn’t have worried as Al Tudhope was replaced at right back by Andy Seddon, who was still pumped up by the captains earlier speech.

And it was down the right hand side that Gargrave’s first goal was created, a long throw by local rodent extermination enforcement officer Matthew Hurst found its way to the feet of Paul “if I were a sheep I’d be a Zwartble” (google it) Wilkin, who delivered a pin point cross onto the ever more shiny head of Richard “I’ll teach your children, as long as the school keep paying me” Orme who made no mistake heading past the keeper, making the score nil one.

Half time quickly arrived with neither team able to take full control of the game, but Gargrave’s slender lead remained intact.

At half time captain Boatwright was less than impressed.

“Why are we only 1 goal up? Before the game I told you we needed to rough them up, I turn around and I see 10 girls on this team, I feel like I’ve been doing the roughing up for all 10 of you and it’s not good enough, you need to show me that you want it as much as me, go out there in the second half and win, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

Unfortunately captain Boatwright’s words didn’t have the desired effect, as it was Grassington who started the second half in dominant fashion. They controlled possession and were kept out only by two good saves from Gargrave keeper Adam “Adam Hudson” Hudson.

This didn’t please captain Boatwright, and he decided to do something about it. This something involved a Grassington corner, and some serious roughing up.

As the ball was floated in, captain Simon Boatwright waited until nobody else was watching (absolutely nobody) and roughed up one of the Grassington players, this was a proper roughing up, the sort that nobody had ever seen before.

The stunned Grassington player on the end of the roughing up commented “I feel like I’ve been on the receiving end at an orgy with Mike Tyson, you’re an animal man, an animal.”

This blatant act of roughing up spurred on Gargrave, and a breakaway by Christian “SNOODE” Moon and Ben “I used to score more goals than this” Brown set up Paul “if I were a sheep I’d be a Zwartble” (it’ll catch on) Wilkin, who made no mistake and side footed it past the keeper.

Gargrave played the game out and despite the occasional Grassington chance the defence held firm and the game finished nil two, a welcome three points for Gargrave in their battle for a mid table finish.

The win was however overshadowed by Josh Town claiming the pink unicorn and dancing gorilla had just stolen his car.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Skipton LMS

March 28, 2011

Gargrave met near neighbours Skipton LMS in the Northern Plant Hire Cup on Saturday. The first minutes went all in Gargraves favour though a shot on the break from LMS forced a diving save from keeper Adam Hudson. A free kick from Richard Orme went straight to the opposing keeper. A close range effort from LMS on the half hour mark was enough to give them a slender 1-0 lead.

Minutes into the second half a one on one with the keeper saw a resulting lob find the back of the net to put LMS 2-0 ahead. Paul Wilkins lob went over and Gargrave continued to put on the pressure. A great shot from Orme was parried over the bar. There was little to choose between the two teams but LMS just had the more strength in their attacking play.

Earby Town FC 8 – 0 Gargrave Reserves

March 28, 2011

The is was a top vs bottom of the table clash. Gargrave Reserves more than held their own for the first thirty five minutes of the game but as soon as Earby got their vital first goal the floodgates then opened. Stand in keeper Tom Wood  performed extremely well and but for his efforts the scoreline may have been greater.

Gargrave AFC 1 – 2 Rolls Royce FC

March 20, 2011

Another disappointing day for Gargrave in a performance which deserved a draw at the very least. The hosts made an excellent start when they took the lead three minutes into the game. Paul Wilkin claimed the final header after some good attacking approach play. Rolls looked to be on for an equaliser with a one on one with the keeper but Adam Hudson reacted quickly and averted the threat. Luck was against Gargrave when Rolls  ran through a static defence to level the scores with an easy tap in.

Gargrave continued to attack in  the second half of the game. Paul Wilkin was gifted with an open net after a cross from Ben Brown had skimmed the bar but his shot went over. Richard Orme came close but it was a second defensive error which allowed Rolls to take the lead. Man of the match for Gargrave was substitute Josh Town.

Gargrave hope that luck will be on their side on Saturday when they entertain near neighbours, Skipton LMS in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy game. Kick off 1.30.p.m.

WFC Clitheroe 3 – 2 Gargrave AFC

March 14, 2011

Gargrave made the long journey to Great Harwood to play WFC Clitheroe. The hosts had a 2-0 lead in the first half of play but a half time team talk seemed to do the trick for Gargrave. They were on equal terms in the second half of play, their first goal coming from Ben Brown who neatly chipped the keeper. He was instrumental in the second when his free kick was parried by the keeper to the head of Christian Moon who made no mistake. Gargrave looked the more threatening and were creating more chances but WFC Clitheroe were to score the winning goal on the break with just five minutes of play remaining. Richard Orme was man of the match for Gargrave.

Gargrave Reserves 1 – 4 Hellifield Sports

March 14, 2011

It was local derby day on Saturday when Gargrave Reserves were hosts to Hellifield Sports. The visitors were taken by surprise when Gargrave were more than a match for them despite their lowly position in the league. Gargrave maintained much of the possession and played a decent passing game well marshalled by their player managers Jonathon Chapman and Adrian Eyles. Hellifield claimed the first goal of the game on the twenty minute mark but Robert Barker was quick to equalise. The young Gargrave side continued to play some good football but were unable to convert their chances.

The visitors pulled a goal ahead in the second half when the ball went through the defence, an equaliser almost came but the chance was headed off the line by a Hellifield defender. Gargrave continued to push forwards with the pace of Craven Minor Oliver Wild always a threat to the Hellifield defence but like the first half the hosts were unable to convert their chances into goals. Hellifield took advantage of their opportunities and scored a further two goals to take the score to 4-1. They were awarded a penalty but this was saved by keeper Luke Maude. A  share of the points would have been a fairer result  after a sterling performance from Gargrave.

Bradley FC 2 – 1 Gargrave Reserves

March 5, 2011

A young Gargrave side again played with great spirit and a positive attitude. Bradley scored the first goal of the game but Gargrave levelled following some good passing moves and a clinical finish from Sam Ashby.

Gargrave continued to push forwards in their attempt to take the lead but Bradley scored on the break half way through the second half of play. Their was little to choose between the two sides but it was Bradley who took the three points with their slender lead.

Gargrave AFC 3 – 0 Pendle Athletic

March 5, 2011

Gargrave began the game confidently, the first real shot of the game came from their top scorer Ben Brown who fired into the side netting. An impressive long range throw in from Matthew Brennand found Brown who passed the ball to Paul Wilkin in the box but he failed to convert the chance. Christian Moon shot for goal but the ball went straight to the keeper. There was no mistake on the twenty minute mark when a well taken header from Ben Brown opened the scoring. Good work from defender Matthew Brennand gave Christian Moon the chance for a second goal for the hosts, a good strike from close range. Al Tudhope tried his luck with a diving header but the ball went over the target.

Pendle came out in the second half pushing forwards  but the Gargrave defence held firm with man of the match centre back Dan Thompson thwarting any of their attempts on goal. Gargraves chances to extend their lead were not as frequent as they were in the first half of play but a win always looked on the cards. A good and welcome three points was sealed when Paul Wilkin scored the hosts third goal of the match toward the end of play.

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